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APA will open the ballots for Divison Elections in April 2019. At that time, Divison members will receive an email from APA to vote in the election. In the meanwhile, Division 52 is proud to announce its candidates for elected positions in the Diivsion and to post their candidate statements.

D52 Board nominees 2019

Open positions for 2019 include:

  • President Elect - Candidates - Irma Barron, PhD;  Lawrence Gerstein, PhD (vote for one)
  • VP for Communication - Candidates - Debbie Best, PhD; Allyn Enderlyn, PhD (vote for one)
  • VP for Initiatives - Candidates - Linda Garcia-Shelton, PhD; Gregory Gormanous, PhD (vote for one) 
  • ECP Chair—Elect - Candidates: Ted Bartholomew, PhD; Lora Erickson, PhD; Juan Antonio Valdivia Vazquez, PhD (vote for one)
  • Student Chai—Elect - Candidates - Daniel Balva; Saajan Bhakta; Donicka Suprice (vote for one; students elect) 



Duties: Serves one year as President-Elect, one year as President, and one year as immediate Past President. The duties of the President-Elect are to work collaboratively with the “Presidential Trio” (past-current-elect) to provide continuity in the implementation of the Division 52 strategic plan. The President-Elect also serves as Co-Chair with the Past President of the Strategic Planning Committee and participates actively in Division committees on awards and nominations as well as the Board and the Presidential Advisory Committee.

D52 Barron   President Elect:  
Irma Barron, PhD
Albizu University

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I am seeking the nomination for President-Elect and want to take this opportunity to share my journey that brought me here today. I began at Albizu University (AU), Miami campus in 2001 as an adjunct and since 2003 as Professor and Coordinator for the Family Therapy Program. AU’s main campus is in San Juan, P.R. In keeping with AU’s mission of assisting minority students in overcoming the challenges and barriers to higher education and promoting humanistic values of social advocacy and justice, I have been an advocate, adviser, and mentor since the majority of our students are international and English is not their first language. As a first generation immigrant, I am empathic to the challenges they face as a whole in acculturating and assimilating to life and study in the U.S. Many have fled civil wars, revolutions, political prisons, and witnessed family members massacred. Miami campus is truly a microcosm of the world. As a resident of Miami Beach, this region is considered ground zero for vulnerable persons from around the globe (i.e., unaccompanied minors from Central America, undocumented and displaced persons from South American, Caribbean, Eastern Europe, and Asia) to be trafficked. Because of the gravity of this global issue, I have dedicated myself to research and presentations on this topic. To be a member of Division 52 and collaborate with colleagues from around the world is an honor. The more we connect with one another, the smaller the world becomes. 

D52 Gerstein   President Elect:     
Lawrence Gerstein, PhD
Ball State University

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I am humbled and excited to run for President-Elect of Division 52. As a Fellow of our Division, current Chair of the Henry David Mentoring Award Committee, Liaison to the APA Social Justice Divisions, and former Member of other Division 52 Committees, I am familiar with our Division’s infrastructure, membership, and mission. I fully support our Division’s Strategic Plan, and if elected, I would collaborate with current President Nancy Sidun and President-Elect Brigitte Khoury, and other Division leaders to sustain the effort to implement this plan. As President, I want to focus on Strategic Priority 2, Enhance Research, Collaboration, and Networking. This priority was ranked number one by our members in the 2016 strategic planning process survey, and deserves more attention. Forming a task force to develop a plan of action for Strategic Priority 2 is a critical element in counteracting the Western (U.S.) centric bias in psychology. I want to create this task force and a new position on our Board, Vice President of Science and Training. One responsibility of this Vice President would be to supervise the aforementioned task force and implement the action plan. Engaging key stakeholders in communication, planning, and decision-making on specific objectives are leadership skills I developed and value as are respecting and strengthening individuals’ cross-cultural intelligence, adaptability, and competencies. As President, I will use these skills to lead through collaboration, promote inclusiveness of all members regardless of their stage of career, and recruit new members (especially persons from outside the U.S.) to our Division.



Duties: Scope of interest includes membership, outreach, student concerns, ECP concerns, and liaisons to other organizations and members. The VP role is not to run the committees that are responsible for these specific activities, but to ensure communication and coordination among the committees under his/her purview, to offer support and suggestions for potential areas of focus, and to work with other leaders within the Division to maximize synergies, both internally and externally. The Vice President participates as an active member in the Board of Directors and the Presidential Advisory Committee. The term is 3 years.



VP for Communication:

Debbie Best, PhD
Wake Forest University

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For any organization to operate effectively, communication between members and with other relevant organizations is critically important. If elected to serve as Vice President for Communications for APA Division 52, I would strive to coordinate and strengthen the communication and publication activities of the Division. Working with the Editors of the Division publications, I would look for ways to enhance, the International Book Series, the International Perspectives in Psychology: Research, Practice, Consultation journal, and the International Psychology Bulletin. These publications carry the work of the Division to the members and to the public and promote a global perspective for psychological science and practice. Having served in leadership roles with other international organizations and publications has given me experience directing and managing various forms of professional communications. I would enjoy the opportunity to support Division 52 in this role.  

D52 Enderlyn  

VP for Communication: 
Allyn Enderlyn, PhD
Webster University Geneva

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I am honored to stand for election as Vice President for Communications of Division 52 International Psychology. I bring professional international expertise in communications, my background as author and editor, and a commitment to facilitate productive teamwork and cultural sensitivity.  Internationally, in 2004, I began the challenging journey of becoming a fully licensed independent Clinical Psychologist and Psychotherapist in Switzerland. My subsequent practice, in both English and French, includes quantitative and qualitative assessment. Via professional approaches to media branding (http://drallynenderlyn.com) as well as private referrals I professionally welcome clients from dozens of countries, the United Nations, and international school systems. Furthermore, as former Head of a UN division, I continue to attend meetings and conferences throughout the UN System. In addition, I mentor APA psychologists wishing to practice and teach in other countries. Stateside, I maintain strong connections in Maryland as a licensed Supervisor and Counselor – LCPC-S.

In my sixth year as professor at Webster University Geneva, I research and teach psychological assessment, from a collaborative and diversity-sensitive perspective to international graduate students. I serve my alma mater, Pacifica Graduate Institute, as Regional Coordinator for Europe for the Alumni Association. In the 1980’s I co-authored three pioneering books on international marketing.  As Vice President, I will continue to build consensus and actively facilitate sustainable engagements around the strategic priorities of Division 52, both internally and externally.

Thank you for the opportunity to share this summary, along with my biography, of my international background in leadership, communications, and publications.



Duties: Scope of interest includes membership, outreach, student concerns, ECP concerns, and liaisons to other organizations and members. The VP role is not to run the committees that are responsible for these specific activities, but to ensure communication and coordination among the committees under his/her purview, to offer support and suggestions for potential areas of focus, and to work with other leaders within the Division to maximize synergies, both internally and externally. The Vice President participates as an active member in the Board of Directors and the Presidential Advisory Committee. The term is 3 years.

D52 GarciaShelton   VP for Initiatives:
Linda Garcia-Shelton, PhD
Private Practice, Michigan

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The role of Vice President for Initiatives is an integrative and supportive one that requires close connection to the many groups and projects within Div 52, between these groups and the larger APA, and other groups that share our goals and values. This systems consultation role is one that I have had a great deal of experience with throughout my career.

I have always been a part of a team, with responsibility not only to work with patients, but also to facilitate the work of our entire team. This required that I stay closely in touch with all the many different work groups in our complex medical practice: from medical and nursing staff, to support staff, and to hospital and outside contractors. At senior administrative meetings I routinely reported on the “state of health” of our entire practice team. I provided in-service continuing education to staff not only on discipline-based knowledge and skills, but also on collaboration and teamwork issues. I worked with various other units of the hospital, for example, when physicians requested inpatient psychology consultations, and when administration requested unit consultations consequent to concerns related to unit functioning. These skills were also employed in my psychology education positions. In short, I have a great deal of experience working simultaneously with many different work groups and facilitating the integration of those groups to support the primary goals of all participants.

Please consider voting for me as Vice President for Initiatives!


 D52 Gormanous


VP for Initiatvies: 
Gregory Gormanous, PhD
University of Louisiana, Emeritus

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The work of Gibran Kahlil Gibran is the foundational core in my work with respect to ideals and principles. As an Arab American, these ideals and principles - respect, and inclusiveness - are cardinal themes in inspiring and instructing my teaching, research and practice of psychology. Given the challenges in the world today, I believe more effort and attention should be given to marginalized communities and peoples.
In my view, the role of the VP for Initiatives is to foster unique and novel initiatives and programs that go beyond borders, be they borders dealing with cultural, ideological, spiritual, ethnic, national, racial, religious, etc., issues. I see my role as nurturing and providing “miracle grow” so that initiatives of members and fellow collaborators can come to fruition.
My vision for Division 52 is to become The Division that most psychologists see themselves in with respect to our work, irrespective of whether or not they are members. I also believe we can collectively do more in the sense of collaboration and inclusiveness so that Divisional initiatives are not perceived as silos. I am a solid advocate for Joe Matarazzo’s “One Psychology” with respect to unity and focusing on our commonalities. To that end, I believe Division 52 is uniquely positioned to enhance unity and common purpose in applying psychology in nontraditional academic arenas.


Duties: The Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Chair (within 10 years of doctoral degree) works to increase visibility of ECP representation in the Division and in APA, works to develop resources for career development in an international context and represents ECP concerns to the Board of Directors. The term is 3 years.


D52 Bartholomew

  ECP Chair-Elect:
Ted Bartholomew, PhD
Purdue University

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Membership in Division 52 has been central to my identity as a psychologist. Now that I have begun my career as an Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology at Purdue University (and will soon transition to Assistant Professor of Psychology and Africana Studies at Scripps College), I would be honored to serve the Division as the ECP Committee Chair-Elect. My empirical work – which prioritizes diverse conceptualizations of mental illness and healing in Namibia and within refugee communities resettled in the United States – has been improved by being part of international psychology as an academic community. In my service, I have sustained a commitment to international psychology by co-chairing an international conference committee (SCCR 2017), reviewing APA convention abstracts for Division 52, and serving as an invited scholar reviewer for the South African National Research Foundation. Serving as the Division’s ECP Committee Chair-Elect represents a means to contribute to a Division that has meant so much to me starting with my first publication appearing in International Perspectives through the meaningful professional connections I have made with other members. Further, I am confident that I will be able to serve the Division and its ECP members well, drawing from my experiences as Secretary of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, Treasurer of Division 17’s International Section, and a member of the Division 29 ECP Committee. I have been privileged to emphasize international, cultural, and cross-cultural work in my early career, and I look forward to further collaboration with members of this outstanding, active community.  

 D52 Erickson   ECP Chair-Elect:     
Lora Erickson, PhD

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As a graduate of The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (PhD- International Psychology, trauma-focused), I have received rigorous training that is well-suited to the goals and vision of Division 52. I am actively engaged with Division 52, currently serving as the ECP Welcome Committee Co-Chair and I have two presentations at APA 2019 with Div. 52 later this year. Further, I have international field experience and research that is contextually and culturally sensitive and inclusive. I traveled to São Paulo, Brazil in 2015 and worked with colleagues and local agencies to develop an evaluation model situated to the specific needs and outcomes of the Unidade Basica de Saúde (Basic Health Care System Unit). It emphasized relevant aspects such as the cultural dimension of collectivism, diversity of the local society, and relational health care models. I also traveled to Accra, Ghana in 2016 where my team and I worked with nonprofit organizations, utilizing the Participatory Action Model to provide support, honoring and elevating their specific program goals as paramount. These organizations included DUNK! (basketball outreach program), Street Girls Aid (education and empowerment for at-risk females), and New Horizon School (for children with special needs). Finally, my dissertation research was cross-cultural, and I interviewed participants in the United States and Guatemala who emancipated from system-based care, studying resiliency and protective factors that were both culturally unique and consistent among the cohorts. My interests include furthering the division’s reach toward ECPs with mentorship and support, as well as identifying additional current needs with ECPs.  

D52 Valdivia


ECP Chair-Elect: 
Juan Antonio Valdivia Vázquez, Ph.D.
Tecnológico de Monterrey, School of Medicine

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 I am a clinical/educational psychologist from Monterrey, Mexico. I teach psychology courses at Tecnológico de Monterrey, and I conduct research projects related to the educational aspects inherent to the college programs offered at the School of Medicine.

Seeking to enhance the training of the future health-related professionals (psychologists, physicians, nurses, etc.), my teaching and research activities evaluate 1) the education practices held in health environments, 2) the trainee’s socioemotional development, and 3) the validity properties of the psychological/educational tools used in Spanish-language.  As for my international services, I am a current member of the APA Committee on Early Career Psychologists and has served as the Div52, Task Force 5 Liaison for Mexico. In that capacity, I have been working to foster collaborations among Latin American and US psychologists in efforts to provide wellbeing services to vulnerable groups. In this regard, my service to the DACA-profile people who return to Mexico promotes alliances (educational, clinical, and research) to help this group in the pursuit of their dreams. Current results of these efforts bring potential collaborations among American and Mexican professors to address concerns of DACA people living in both sides of the U.S / Mexico border.  Since my initial involvement with Division 52 activities, I have learned the importance of extending academic activities to community services.

For this reason, I am grateful for the opportunity of running for the ECP-Chair elect position, I am aware that this leading position can nurture and catalyze wellbeing services.


CANDIDATES FOR Student Chair-Elect 

Duties: The Early Career Psychologist (ECP) Chair (within 10 years of doctoral degree) works to increase visibility of ECP representation in the Division and in APA, works to develop resources for career development in an international context and represents ECP concerns to the Board of Directors. The term is 3 years.


D52 Bhakta

  Student Chair-Elect:
Saajan Bhakta

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I am honored to be nominated for the Student Chair-Elect. As an international activist, author, philanthropist, and public speaker, I feel that my background, skills, and experience will help me effectively and collaboratively lead the Student Committee. I am passionate about creating positive change, and helping to bring the voices of my peers to the forefront of important discussions and decisions is my passion. Together, we can make a difference.
After leaving an Indian airport, I heard the faintest of knocks sounding on my car window. I was only eight years old. I looked up to find a woman, hardly clothed and in dire need of food, standing outside the car. Her small child was cradled in her tight arms, and my heart broke. Ever since this experience, I have always wanted to better the lives of others, especially the less fortunate. In 2010, I founded a nonprofit organization, PovSolve. PovSolve works at the international level to meet the basic human needs of those living in poverty. PovSolve has built a school in rural Zambia, a hospital in rural India, water wells throughout impoverished Kenya, and impacted hundreds of thousands of lives of those living in poverty around the world through other programs, projects, and initiatives. PovSolve is currently planning an orphanage project in Venezuela. As a passionate global change maker and proven international nonprofit leader, I am able to bring extensive international work experience, cross-cultural research skills, and a deep passion for International Psychology to the Student Committee.

 D52 Balva   Student Chair-Elect:     
Daniel Balva

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Having had the opportunity to work abroad in Central and South America as well as in the Caribbean, I have seen firsthand some of the many disparities pertaining to mental healthcare in other countries. Gaps surrounding stigmatization, available resources, or lack thereof, and insufficient research, funding, personnel, and access all play roles in the provision of mental healthcare among developed, developing, and least developed countries. Training programs in both counselor education and psychology rarely address global mental health or international psychology, thus causing our focus of mental health and psychology to often be limited to the United States.

Division 52 has been at the forefront of enlightening students and clinicians across professions about global perspectives and international education, training, research, practice, leadership, exchange, study, and service. In recognizing how much the division has accomplished since its inception, it is also important to think about the future and how far we have yet to go in terms of further educating our membership, students, clinicians, and community members—both within and outside of the United States—about international psychology. My goals for Division 52 are centered on increased training, immersion experiences, and mentorship opportunities—not only for students, but for clinicians and the greater community as well.

Nelson Mandela stated, “It always seems impossible until it’s done.” We have to continue working together to further the goals of our division as we aim to better support the realm of international psychology. Together, and with your support, we can do exactly that.


D52 Suprice 


Student Chair-Elect: 
Donicka Suprice

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Devoted to the study of culture, health, and resilience, I am well versed in the research and application of clinical interventions from low resource to marginalized populations. As a humanitarian and philanthropist, I am motivated by passion and fortitude in the hopes of impacting lasting change. In my clinical work, I have demonstrated a commitment to understanding the intersection of social justice and mental health. My emerging clinical approach is both collaborative and empowering. My work with underserved communities has given me an added lens of protection and connection. As a seasoned professional, I remain humble and exude a quiet confidence and a calm demeanor.
Having previously conducted work in Haiti, I decided to explore more learning opportunities. In June 2018, I participated in an international service learning program to Thika and Nairobi in Kenya, Africa. In addition to many projects, I worked with the Always Foundation, an initiative accountable for the distribution of sanitary napkins to thousands of school-age girls in Nairobi. As an emerging psychologist, my goal is to work alongside Division 52 to eliminate stigma, increase training, and advocate for others worldwide. I hope to establish programs internationally that will address trauma and provide psycho-education around the impact of mental health and wellbeing.
It is an absolute honor to be nominated for the position of Student Chair-Elect. I believe that my personal and professional training and background have given me the privilege to acquire exceptional skills and experiences that have propelled me to positively represent APA's Division 52.